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James Tay­lor’s first car was a Ford Anglia. He re­stored it in his dad’s panel shop, and it was that car that got him into cars as a hobby. It will come as no sur­prise, then, to find out that James has fond mem­o­ries of the hum­ble Anglia 105E as some­thing more than just a quirky-look­ing econ­omy car of the 1960s. How­ever, it’s what James would do to an Anglia that would re­ally set it apart from all the other Anglias out there. The best thing you can do to those cars is give them a bit of power, and James’d be jump­ing feet first into the deep end, with a Nascar donor car sourced for the run­ning gear, me­chan­i­cal sup­port, and an­cil­lary com­po­nents. This means that a 358ci Roush-Yates D3 small block screamer, good for some­where in the re­gion of 800hp — per­fect for a car that weighs less than 800kg! — and se­ri­ously nar­rowed nine-inch diff filled with all the gear would find its way in­side. The four-speed dog­box would get the toss for a six-speed se­quen­tial. A drop-base air cleaner would be needed to try to keep the en­gine height man­age­able, but the high-rise in­take set-up would still see the big fil­ter sky high through the bon­net, while Nascar-style side-exit ex­hausts would take care of the other side of the equa­tion. The next is­sue, of course, would be en­sur­ing that the poor old chas­sis could cope with that sort of fire­power. The eas­i­est so­lu­tion would come in the form of a whole lotta chro­moly tub­ing and a TIG welder. A full tubu­lar space frame with in­te­grated roll cage would be built to uti­lize as much of the Nascar com­po­nen­try as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing the coilover sus­pen­sion and mas­sive brakes, with a set of 15x8-inch front and 15x10-inch rear Nascar- style wheels and a bit of tyre side­wall. These wheels would, of course, be far larger than any­thing the old Ford en­gi­neers could have con­ceived for the Anglia. The plasma cut­ter would be needed to carve out a de­cent guard ra­dius, and a set of bolt-on A9X To­rana–style flares would try to pro­vide a bit of de­cency. How­ever, other than the flares, that’d be it. “No added on spoil­ers, or chins, or any­thing; I’d keep the stock grille and bumpers, and no side chrome,” James says. The paint would be kept as orig­i­nal as pos­si­ble, in its light blue with a white roof, and what­ever patina it had when the project be­gan would re­main. We’re not look­ing at any­thing too showy — as James puts it, “It’d just be some­thing built for high revs and shit­loads of tyre smoke.” We whole­heart­edly ap­prove.

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